Human Rights

Mediterranean Sea: ‘Cycle of violence’ for fleeing migrants must be addressed

The UN human rights office OHCHR, called on Friday for urgent action to address the “unimaginable horrors” faced by migrants attempting to cross the central Mediterranean Sea in search of safety in Europe.

Iraq urged to investigate attacks on women human rights defenders

UN-appointed independent rights experts have urged the Iraqi authorities to investigate the murder of a female human rights defender, and the attempted killing of another, targeted “simply because they are women”.

Stranded migrants need safe and dignified return, says independent UN rights panel

Governments should immediately address the inhumane conditions in detention faced by migrant workers who are also being blamed for spreading the coronavirus, a UN panel of independent rights experts said on Thursday.

Listen to older people’s ‘suggestions and ideas’ for more inclusive societies, urges UN chief

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is reckoning with the disproportionate and severe impact that the virus has wrought on the “health…rights and well being” of older persons, the UN chief has said, marking the international day highlighting their issues.

Redouble efforts against ‘global scourge’ of gender-based violence, intensified by pandemic: Guterres 

From domestic violence to sexual abuse, online harassment and increased child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV) is “a global scourge” that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Tuesday. 

Most countries failing to protect women from COVID-19 economic and social fallout

The COVID-19 pandemic is “hitting women hard”, but most nations are failing to provide sufficient social and economic protection for them, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Monday.

‘Eyes and ears’ of UN Human Rights Council facing funding crisis

The work of UN-appointed independent rights experts is at risk from a critical lack of funding, they warned on Monday.

Rights experts denounce death sentence against Nigerian singer who posted on WhatsApp

Independent UN human rights experts have called on the Government of Nigeria to immediately release a singer sentenced to death over an allegedly blasphemous song he performed and shared on social media. 

India: UN expert raises alarm over mass evictions of Delhi railway track dwellers

An independent UN human rights expert has voiced concern over an Indian Supreme Court order to evict up to 250,000 people living in shacks along railway tracks in the capital, Delhi, warning that such a move could violate the country’s obligations under key international rights treaties. 

Yemen’s warring parties agree to free more than 1,000 prisoners 

At the end of a week-long meeting in Switzerland, the parties to the conflict in Yemen reached what the UN envoy there called “a very important milestone”, in agreeing to release a first group of detainees.